Photographic adventures for personal, spiritual and artistic growth that emphasize vision and creativity over equipment. Challenge yourself while enjoying the camaraderie of kindred spirits in a non-competitive environment. All experience levels welcome.



Travel Photography: The Inward Journey

White Bear Center of the Arts 
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
October 17 – 19, 7-9pm 

Go beyond pretty postcard travel images to photographs with depth, meaning and mystery with a more personal approach to your travel photography. Learn to make pictures that reflect the truth of your own experience, not a preconceived idea of what your photos should look like.

In this course, lectures, demonstrations, slide shows, assignments, discussions, and critiques will show you how to create photographs that can tell a more personal visual story. Topics include methods for approaching and photographing people from different cultures, working with natural or available light, deciding when and how to supplement with flash. See how pacing, rhythm and sequencing of your image files or prints can create a more dynamic presentation. Attention also will be paid to equipment choices, including balancing weight and versatility, and the virtues of simplicity. Doug will help you make travel photographs that go beyond a mere record or travelogue and progress towards artistic interpretation.

This workshop is appropriate to all levels, beginning to professional, who have already mastered basic camera skills and value content, creativity and vision over equipment.

Tuesday – Thursday (October 17, 18, & 19); 7pm – 9pm
Class Fee: $95 (members), $109 (non-members)
Materials Fee: $20 includes a copy of Doug’s new book Zen & the Art of Photography
Register through WBCA: https://whitebeararts.org/2017/08/travel-photography-workshop/


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Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
 October 28 – November 6, 2017

Join us in exploring the mysterious, exotic Mayan world of Guatemala, a land where the indigenous live as they have for centuries. The stunningly beautiful colonial town of La Antigua will be our home base and introduction to outdoor markets, music, food and culture. Continue for more info… 



Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawai’i
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
February 15-24, 2018

This is not your parents Hawaii. This is an incredible journey to the old authentic and indigenous Hawaii and not the pre-packaged tourist version. Even if you’ve been to Honolulu and Waikiki on the Island of Oahu please join us because you have not seen or experienced anything close to this Hawaii. Some highlights will be a trip to the lava flow on the island’s active volcano, black sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls, wandering through old plantation villages, Buddhist temples, ancient stone spiritual grounds and meeting and hanging out with with some of the islands many artists and photographers. Continue for more info…


Yunnan Provence, SW China & Shangri-La, Tibet
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
March 14-27, 2018

This is an amazing journey to a beautiful, ethnically diverse corner of China that still has very few Western tourists. We stay at the stunning Linden Center, which has won numerous awards for both service and level of accommodation, as one of China’s best boutique hotels. Then we move on to Shangri-La in Tibet, where we stay at another spectacular hotel next to the second largest Tibetan monastery outside of Lhasa. The setting is spectacular and the experience is once-in-a-lifetime rich. Continue for more info…

Badlands of South Dakota
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
May 24 – 28, 2018

Whether you are a very experienced people or figure photographer or you are a complete novice who has never worked with the nude, this is a wonderful opportunity to work with the figure in the landscape in a supportive, non-sexist, non-competitive environment. Continue for more info…


Iceland: Land of the Midnight Sun
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
May 5 – 15, 2018

Although much of Iceland is covered by snowfields and glaciers, the Gulf Stream keeps the climate milder and much greener than one would expect from an island near the top of the world. Iceland is renowned for the diversity of its natural wonders: a stunning coastline, slumbering volcanos, numerous majestic waterfalls, glaciated fjords, mountains and lush forests are just part of what makes this island so amazing. Continue for more info…

1011_Japan_037Kyoto, Japan
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley 
September 29 – October 9, 2018

Join Doug in his favorite place on the planet, Japan, for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! As we wander through old streets and down mysterious alleys, make images in Buddhist Temples, Zen gardens and Shinto Shrines, our images reflect the surreal world of inner calm and tranquility. Every moment becomes a good opportunity for a photo that speaks to a deeper meaning. The itinerary not only reflects Doug’s interest in Zen but his deep love of Japanese gardens and architecture.
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Interested in the kind of work others have made at
Vision Quest Photo Workshops?
Check out some of our past student work here.
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Artists Retreats and Custom Photo Workshops
Near Grantsburg, NW Wisconsin
1.5 hours drive from the Twin Cities, MN

Vision Quest’s Trade River Retreat Center is available for individuals or small groups of up to 6 people for personal retreats, private workshops or an Artist’s Residency. Or have a custom workshop for you or your group created by Doug. This beautiful, very private, north woods setting rests on the banks of the Trade River, a designated trout stream and protected waterway. Continue for more info…


Kathleen on the Bridge, Taos, New MexicoWith Douglas Beasley
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Invest in your artistic growth and move your career forward with a custom-designed Mentorship. Focus your creative vision, develop your photographic talents and advance your artistic and career goals with a mentorship. Continue for more info…


Kathleen on the Bridge, Taos, New MexicoTrade River Retreat Center, NW Wisconsin
Or at your chosen location…
with Douglas Beasley
Contact studio for available dates

Invest in your artistic growth and move your art forward with an intensive one-on-one private or small group workshop. Custom design your workshop together around your needs and desires for growth based on a holistic approach, examining all aspects of your creative process. Continue for more info…